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Cafes and Diners
BACKYARD BBQ — Lawn chairs, potted sunflowers and wooden shutters create a backyard feel in a light–hearted atmosphere. Pork is smoked for 14 hours before being served in Backyard’s signature barbecue pork sandwiches. 2329 Jolly Road, Okemos. 10:30 a.m.– 7 p.m. Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 381–8290. Second location at 301 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 10 a.m.– 7 p.m. Monday– Friday (517) 853–2777. TO, P, $
BETTER HEALTH CAFE — Located inside the Better Health Market near the Frandor Shopping Center, this cafe features a deli, juice bar and espresso bar with a focus on organic and natural foods, including fair trade and organic coffees, organic juices and smoothies, organic salads and meats free of nitrates, antibiotics or preservatives. 305 N. Clippert St., Lansing. 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday. (517) 332–6892. betterhealthstore.com. TO, $
BRUNCH HOUSE — Walking out of a diner, you don’t often find yourself thinking, “That was one fantastic Lebanese salad.” You might think that, however, after eating at The Brunch House, since owner Leo Farhat has peppered his traditional breakfast house menu with dishes rooted in his Lebanese heritage. Try “Leo’s house special,” which begins with seasoned beef, onions and pine nuts sautéed in a frying pan, then combined with a couple of eggs. 1040 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday- Friday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (517) 484-1567 TO, WiFi, $
COFFEE JAM — Grab some classic comfort food and dessert here. The cookies are made fresh daily, but get there early because they sell out quickly. 6427 Centurion Drive, Lansing. 6:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 6:30 a.m.–4 pm. Friday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday: closed Sunday. (517) 327–1111. TO, D, Wi–Fi, $
THE DAILY BAGEL — Serving fresh bagels made daily the old–fashioned way and a full menu of sandwiches and salads in downtown Lansing. 309 S. Washington Square. 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Monday–Friday, closed Saturday & Sunday. (517) 487–8201. TO, OM, WIFI, $
DECKER’S COFFEE — In addition to coffee and espresso drinks, this locally owned coffee shop and popular study spot offers a full menu of breakfast sandwiches, bagels, smoothies, ice cream and more. 220 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 7 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday. (517) 913–1400. OM, P, WIFI, $
DELHI CAFE — A quiet family restaurant with authentic Greek cuisine, favorite American dishes from burgers to seafood to steaks, and a sampling of ethnic cuisines from Mexico to Asia to Italy. Daily specials and banquet room also available. 4625 Willoughby Road, Holt. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 694–8655. TO, WB, $$.
FLEETWOOD DINER — A staple on this throwback diner’s menu is the Hippie Hash, a medley of shredded potatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, onions and tomatoes combined with any meat and cheese on the menu. 2211 S. Cedar St., Lansing. Open 24 hours every day. (517) 267–7606. TO, $
FRANDOR DELI — Pizza, sandwiches and more, served cafeteria style in the Frandor shopping center. 300 N. Clippert St., Lansing Twp. 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 351–9342. TO, $.
GOLDEN HARVEST — Avast, mateys! Pirates rule the grill here. Manners take a back seat to edgy, creative dishes served in Lansing’s most outrageous seating area. Expect to wait a while for your Bubba Sandwich, Suck It Omelette or pancakes (as big as your head), but also expect to make a friend or two—you’re all in the same ship at Golden Harvest. 1625 Turner St., Lansing. 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (517) 485–3663. $
GONE WIRED CAFE — This popular hangout and study spot serves more than coffee — beer and liquor were recently added. Hungry java junkies can also grab a quesadilla, salad or other menu items. 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 9 a.m.–midnight Sunday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (517) 853–0550. TO, P, Wi–Fi, $
GRAND TRAVERSE PIE CO. — Serving fruit and cream pies, pot pies and quiches. The menu also includes sandwiches, salads and grab-and-go dinner items. Also serving espresso and Fair Trade coffees. 3536 Meridian Crossing Drive, Okemos. 6:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday. (517) 381–7437. gtpie.com. D, TO, P, OM, WIFI, $. Other locations at 1403 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday. (517)–203–3304. D, TO, P, OM, WIFI $, and at 200 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 6:30 a.m.– 7 p.m. Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday. (517) 316–0900. D, TO, P, OM, WIFI, $
HOBIE’S — Hearty soups, subs stacked high with meats and toppings and much more are served cafeteria–style in this restaurant laden with sports memorabilia. 930 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing. 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturday, closed on Sunday year–round. (517) 351–3800. hobiesrestaurant.com. OM, TO, Wi–Fi, WB, $
JACKIE’S DINER — This southside diner’s biggest draw is its breakfast special ($3.99 before 11 a.m., Monday-Friday, except holidays). 3812 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 7 a.m.–3 p.m. seven days a week. (517) 393–1240. Second location at 4421 W. Saginaw Hwy. 7 a.m.–8 p.m. Sunday–Thursday, 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Breakfast buffet Saturday and Sunday only. (517) 323–6512. TO, $
JERUSALEM BAKERY — Some of the tastiest hummus you´ll find in the area awaits you at this grocery store with a Mediterranean cafe twist. Short orders of baked kibbee, shwarma, falafel and much more are cooked fresh, while the hummus, tabouli and pillow–soft pita bread, among other selections, are ready to grab and go. 1456 E. Michigan Ave. 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Saturday. (517) 485–9975. jerusalem–pita.com. TO, OM, $.